Chapel Choir

Lawrence Zazzo countertenor

Lawrence Zazzon A native of Philadelphia, Lawrence holds degrees in English and Music from Yale University and King’s College, Cambridge, a DipRCM in Vocal Studies from the Royal College of Music, and recently completed his Doctorate in Musicology at Queen's University, Belfast, researching Handel's bilingual oratorios.  

As an operatic countertenor, his roles include Giulio Cesare (Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Seville), Gluck’s Orfeo (Vienna, Toronto, Oslo), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rome, Lyon, Toronto), Farnace Mitridate (Munich), Radamisto (ENO), Arsamene Serse (Paris, ENO), Orlando (Welsh National Opera), Goffredo Rinaldo (Berlin, Zurich); Ottone Agrippina (Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt), Endimione La Calisto (ROH, Munich, Paris, Brussels), Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea (Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Munich), Athamas Semele (BAM, Santa Fè), Trinculo in Thomas Ades’ The Tempest (ROH), and the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Glyndebourne).

He has worked with many distinguished conductors in Baroque and contemporary music, including René Jacobs, William Christie, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Christophe Rousset, John Nelson, Ivor Bolton, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Harry Bicket, Joshua Rifkin, Christopher Hogwood, Ottavio Dantone, Trevor Pinnock, Martyn Brabbins, Harry Christophers, and Paul Goodwin.

Lawrence's recordings include a solo orchestral CD, A Royal Trio (Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti arias with La Nuova Musica), Handel's Rinaldo, Messiah, Saul, Serse, Fernando, Partenope, Deborah, Riccardo Primo, Athalia, and Duetti Amorosi, Mozart's Mitridate and Apollo et Hyacinthus, Scarlatti's Griselda, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Byrdland (Byrd and Dowland with the Paragon Saxophone Quartet) and Lunarcy (early and contemporary lute songs).

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